The ACT Test: North Carolina

Important Dates

Test Dates

The ACT Taken on Paper

  • Test Window 1: February 23, 2021
  • Test Accommodations Window 1: February 23 - March 5, 2021
  • Test Window 2: March 9, 2021
  • Test Accommodations Window 2: March 9, 2021 - March 19, 2021

The ACT Taken Online

  • Test Window 1: February 23 - 25, 2021 and March 2 - 4, 2021
  • Test Window 2: March 9 - 11, 2021 and March 16-18, 2021

 

Schedule of Events (coming soon)

Documents will be replaced as they become available for spring 2021 testing

Quick Links

 

PearsonAccessnext

Test Accessibility & Accommodations System (TAA)

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Contact Information

ACT General Questions:
ACT: 800.525.3731
contact form
Accommodations:

800.525.3731, press 2
ACTStateAccoms@act.org

State Policy Questions:
Please contact your Regional Accountability Coordinator (RAC). For answers to Frequently asked questions for NC  state testing, please see the FAQ's under Orientation Section: Learn about State Testing.

 

Test Administration Process Overview

Select your current phase of the test administration process to see resources related to that section, or simply scroll down the page.

  1. Orientation - Get oriented with the testing program.
  2. Configuration - Configure testing setup and systems.
  3. Verification - Verify needs for accommodations and/or supports.
  4. Preparation - Prepare for testing.
  5. Administration - Administer the test successfully.
  6. Transportation - Transport materials and data to ACT.
  7. Interpretation - Interpret score reports and test data.

Orientation

Get oriented with the testing program.

Activity: Make Staff Arrangements

1. Confirm School Test Coordinator Assignment

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Tip: When the district test coordinator changes the school test coordinator in PearsonAccessnext, remember to deactivate the existing test coordinator’s user account. Updates need to be completed in two places; the manage contacts screen and creating a new user account.

2. Select Test Staff

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Activity: Manage Participation

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Activity: Verify the Shipping Address

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Activity: Learn about State Testing

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Configuration

Configure testing setup and systems.

Activity: Verify Enrollment for Test Materials

1. Verify the enrollment count (the number of examinees expected to test) in PearsonAccessnext listed for:
  • Standard Time Testing
  • Accommodations Formats, Braille Formats, and Translated Test Instructions for English Learners
2. Check that all newly-enrolled students are in PearsonAccessnext by going to Setup, then Students
3. Enroll/unenroll examinees if the enrollment is not accurate

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Tip: To verify accommodations/supports counts, run an Accommodations and Supports Roster in PearsonAccessnext.

Activity: Site Readiness for Online Testing

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Activity: Order Test Materials

  • Additional standard time materials for the initial test date
    • for an enrollment increase after the Verify Enrollment for Test Materials deadline
    • if after receiving materials, more are needed
  • Standard time materials for the makeup test date

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Tip: If additional materials are needed for examinees authorized by ACT to test with accommodations/supports, call the ACT Accommodations team.

Tip: You can track test materials shipments using Orders & Shipment Tracking. See the View Status and Shipment Information section in the PearsonAccessnext User Guide.

Verification

Verify needs for accommodations and/or supports.

Activity: Request Accommodations and/or English Learner (EL) Supports

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Tip: Pay close attention to the dates that ACT is asking you to select in TAA. National test dates are also listed, so be sure to select the test dates for your administration.

Tip: If selecting the Late Consideration date in TAA, make sure to attach the Late Consideration Form in the request.

Tip: If requests are not authorized by ACT, you have the option to test these examinees with accommodations and/or supports, for non-college reportable scores. The test coordinator needs to order non-college reportable materials in PearsonAccessnext.

Preparation

Prepare for testing.

Activity: Prepare for Testing

1. Complete Non-Test Activities

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2. Prepare Your Examinees

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3. Prepare Your Facility, Staff, and Test Materials

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4. Verify and Update Examinee Information

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5. Prepare for Online Testing

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Administration 

Administer the test successfully.

Activity: Administer the Test

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Forms
Administration manuals
Supplements
Video

Tip: Ensure you are using the correct materials for your test date and type to avoid cancellation of scores.

Tip: If you are testing an examinee authorized for English learner supports, have the ACT-Authorized Bilingual Word-to-Word Dictionaries list handy to verify at check in that the examinee’s dictionary can be used for testing.

Transportation

Transport materials and Data to ACT.

Activity: Return Test Materials

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Tip: Do not return unused answer documents from initial testing. Use those for makeup testing.

Tip: Return answer documents following testing so they arrive at ACT by the receipt deadline listed on the Schedule of Events and can be scored.

Tip: Return all ACT-authorized accommodations materials at the end of the testing window, rather than returning materials for individual examinees as they complete testing.

Tip: If you receive an additional order, write your high school name and code on the return shipping labels.

Activity: Conclude Online Testing

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Interpretation

Interpret score reports and test data.

Activity: Access and Understand Score Reports

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Activity: Share Information with Examinees

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